Codiaeum variegatum, or "variegated croton", is a species of plant in the genus Codiaeum, which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is native to southern India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands, growing in open forests and scrub. It is an evergreen shrub and has large, thick, leathery, shiny evergreen leaves, alternately arranged. The inflorescences are long racemes, with male and female flowers on separate inflorescences. The male flowers are white with five small petals and 20–30 stamens. The female flowers yellowish, with no petals. The fruit is a capsule, containing three seeds. The stems contain milky sap that bleeds from cut stems.
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